Registration Guide

When to Register

You will be assigned a registration time-ticket assignment for registration. The first ten days of registration are the only days of registration that are time-ticketed. Approximately one week before registration begins; you can find your registration time ticket assignment by entering PAWS in the Registration block on the Enrollment tab.

Your time-ticket assignment is valid beginning at your assigned time and continues through the last day of registration.

Time-ticket assignments are assigned with priority to students scheduled to graduate for the upcoming registration term and then to continuing students according to the total credit hours earned. Once you are allowed access, you can adjust your schedule on a first-come, first-served basis during the remaining registration period. It is to your advantage to attempt to register as soon as you are allowed access to the registration system because many classes fill up quickly.  During Late Registration, access is on a first-come, first-served basis.

How to Register

You may add classes to your schedule during Early, Regular and Late Registration. A student may schedule as many as 18 semester hours without special permission. You can make changes to your schedule online in PAWS until the last day of Late Registration. You can view registration dates on the Georgia State University Calendar webpage by selecting the semester you wish to view from the Academic/Registration Calendars drop down list.  Students who wait until Late Registration to register for classes will incur a fee of $50. Any schedule revision after late registration must be done in the Office of the Registrar and may be refused by the faculty. At that time, you will also be charged a nonrefundable manual registration fee of $37.50 for each change.

  1. Log in to PAWS with your CampusID and password. You can look up or change your CampusID or password at
  2. Go to the Enrollment tab for access to all of your records. Scroll down to the Registration block and select Add/Drop/Withdraw Courses.
  3. Select the appropriate registration term.
  4. Read the agreement carefully and select “I Agree” or “I Do Not Agree.”
  5. Select your course options, such as subject (to browse all classes in a particular subject), or course number if you know the specific course you’re looking for. You can also further refine your search by selecting an instructor, time, or location.
  6. Choose the course you would like to add and click “Register.”
  7. Review your status to make sure the course is registered correctly.
  8. Select “Concise Student Schedule” under the Registration tab to review your current registration schedule.

Overflows, Authorizations and Restrictions

Before you can register, some courses require special authorization from a department or have certain registration restrictions. The appropriate department must approve and enter the overflow or special authorization information into the registration system before you will be able to successfully register for the course yourself. As shown in the online course listings found at PAWS, an asterisk precedes the course number for courses requiring special authorization and a plus sign precedes the course number for courses with registration restrictions. Overflow policies vary with each department. Contact the specific department for authorization and overflow information. See the “Course Authorization” in the General Information section of this guide for departmental locations and telephone numbers.

Dropping A Class

You drop a class when you remove the class from your schedule during Regular or Late Registration. A dropped class does not appear on your transcript. Late Registration is the last time period for dropping a class without penalty. After the last day of Late Registration, only withdrawal will be allowed. Remember, to be certified as a full-time student, you must carry a minimum of 12 semester hours.

A student who is enrolled in less than a full-time course of study at Georgia State may be in jeopardy of:

  1. losing insurance coverage under his or her parent/guardian’s insurance policy
  2. being out of compliance with the Department of Homeland Security if enrolled at Georgia State on a student visa
  3. being placed on a loan payment schedule by a lender or guarantor if the student is the recipient of federal financial aid
  4. losing a scholarship if the guidelines for receiving the scholarship require full-time student enrollment.

Auditing A Class

Enrolled students who wish to audit a course must get approval from the course instructor. Registration for an audit should be submitted to a campus Enrollment & Registration Services Center (locations can be found on the Office of the Registrar website at Students should not pre-register for courses they wish to audit. Any tuition and fees for auditing a class are assessed just as they are for courses taken for credit. Any requirements for prerequisites must be satisfied before registering to audit a course. No academic credit is earned in this status. Audit status is not covered by financial aid, and audit hours do not apply toward full-time enrollment. Students may not transfer from audit to credit status or vice-versa after the last day to register for courses.

Audit Form

Georgia State Faculty/Staff Course Audit: Full-time faculty and staff may audit courses without paying usual tuition and fees. This benefit is contingent upon approval by the course instructor. Faculty and staff who audit courses are not admitted to the University as degree-seeking students. Faculty and staff who wish to receive credit for coursework should consult information regarding the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).Policies governing Faculty and staff course audits are stated in section 603 of the Employee Handbook. Faculty & staff who wish to audit courses should complete the Faculty/Staff Course Audit form and keep it for their records.

Faculty/Staff Audit Form